GAHP Secretariat

Governing Structure:

The GAHP is made up of an Executive Committee, a Secretariat, a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and dozens of members and observers. It currently operates through its Secretariat, Pure Earth (formerly Blacksmith Institute). The Executive Committee is responsible for setting GAHP’s strategy and monitoring activities. The TAG provides guidance and expertise to the policies and operations of the Alliance.

GAHP activities are implemented by the Secretariat, currently hosted by Pure Earth.


Based on current development priorities and agendas, key stakeholders who have taken concrete action, shown leadership and/or are interested in resolving the issues of toxic pollution are invited to participate in the GAHP. The roles and responsibilities of GAHP members will vary from organization to organization, depending on the mandate and modus operandi of each. There are no financial requirements to join GAHP.

Broadly, it is expected that GAHP members will contribute one or more of the following:

  • Sharing knowledge and experience that may be pertinent to GAHP objectives;
  • Promoting the issue of legacy pollution at appropriate occasions and venues (conferences, meetings, seminars);
  • Providing technical assistance, as may be needed, in activities supported by GAHP;
  • Exploring options for mobilizing financial assistance for clean-up projects in low-income countries and for dealing with emergencies;
  • Actively participate in the GAHP annual meeting, the Executive Committee and/or Technical Advisory Group.

Partnering to Solve Pollution Problems